Utabori is an elderly man with thinning grey hair and a beard. He is always seen in his blue tattooist's robe.
Utabori has a deep understanding of the meaning of the tattoos he inks and the effects they have on the people who wear them.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Utabori inked Kazuma Kiryu's and Akira Nishikiyama's yakuza full-back-piece tattoos. When Yumi Sawamura regained her memory of Kiryu during his incarceration, she commissioned Utabori to ink a Queen of the Night flower in the hopes that she would see him again, even if only for a night.
Kiryu visits Utabori at his shop after his ten year imprisonment. He shows Utabori a picture of the victim who assumed to be "Mizuki" with a "queen of the night" tattoo on her upper left side of her torso believing the tattoo is designed by him. Utabori then gets a phone call from Nishiki and ask Utabori have him speak with Kiryu to meet with him tonight at Serena. Utabori later repairs Kiryu's worn out dragon tattoo. on his back.
- Utabori's English voice actor Fred Tatasciore in the original Yakuza game also voices the English dub of Kyohei Hamura in Judgment.